by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Amusing story (at least to me)

December 20th, 2008

Last month we ran a few emergency trainings, or mock drills. In one of the scenes, the keepers learned of a wind warning/tornado watch. Part of their task was to rescue a staff member who found himself in a precarious situation on the boardwalk.

I didn’t want to have a real person hanging over the edge, so this is Stacey (with Erin). I put clothes on him and duct taped a whole lot of bricks to him to make him MUCH HEAVIER than air.

Well, I haven’t gotten around to putting away all my supplies from the training and Stacey has been making his way around the office and startling or amusing people. Yesterday, as I was finally prepared to clean up, I was reminded of how difficult (and embarrassing) it was for me to purchase my “fake person”. I wanted a cheap, G-rated, blow-up doll. The calls I made, the Internet searches I did, the jokes I received were quite enough to make me quit, but I persevered. Of course I had to call our CFO and let her know that I really was using the Museum’s VISA to purchase a blow-up doll for work! Luckily for me, our CFO is kind and let me off the hook with just a chuckle and an okay.
As we were talking in the office, Kristen and I thought of other interesting purchases we have made. Things we never thought we would buy, places we thought we would never ever be associated with, or looks/comments we’ve gotten from people when looking at our cart.
We’ll write about that soon.

Join the conversation:

  1. Erin seems to be good friends with “Stacey”! One day she even hung him up on the other side of a door so that every time someone opened the door they thought they were bashing someone in the face. Erin got lots of good laughs out of that one!

    Posted by Marilyn
  2. That was very funny. Larry got startled twice by it, and volunteer Annie said “Excuse me” to it twice!

    Posted by Erin Brown

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